She Claims: Art Matters – Ruth Buchanan & Natasha Conland
8 Aug / 5:30PM – 7:30PM Auckland Art Gallery / Corner Kitchener & Wellesley Streets
For the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is proud to be bringing like-minded women together at a series of events entitled; ‘She Claims: Art Matters’. In this incarnation of the event, Ruth Buchanan will talk with curator Natasha Conland about her creative practice, drive, culture and the key topics in her work she cares deeply about. Buchanan is an artist who often develops site specific works which include performance, sculpture, text, spatial structures, audio, film, textiles, and graphics. She is also a Walter’s Prize Nominee for this year.
10 Aug – 12 Aug Academy Cinemas / 44 Lorne Street, CBD
The New Zealand International Film Festival presents a variety of animated shorts from all over the world. This programme will be screening for one weekend only at Academy Cinema, so make sure you get your tickets to secure a spot. There will be six curated selections on show, packed full of thought provoking and original work. Each of the six collections is themed and promises an exciting experience and an unseen look into new animation.
14 Aug – 18 Aug / 6:30PM Basement Theatre / Lower Greys Avenue, CBD
A new piece of contemporary dance-theatre work choreographed by Tui Hofmann in collaboration with DANCE PLANT Collective. ‘Goodbye conscious consumer, hello capitalist perfection, from farm to fridge all neatly disguised for your ethical pleasure.’ This is a show that is going to unwrap the ethicality of all your purchases, exploring the sociopolitical climate of the meat industry and outlining its implications. You’re likely to come out questioning your own consumption and wondering what consumes you.
The Baby Show
17 Aug – 19 Aug / 10AM – 5PM ASB Showgrounds / 217 Green Lane West, Epsom
Auckland’s Baby Show is a must for anyone with children in their life. With all the best baby retailers and brands under one roof (over 200 all up!), you can easily find everything you need to embark on the great adventure of parenthood.
Relaxation Massage Course
18 Aug – 19 Aug / 9:30AM – 4:30PM Wellpark College / 6 Francis Street, Grey Lynn
Learn to massage over this short course run over one weekend. Under the supervision of qualified teacher, Shelley Moana Hiha, you will learn the correct massage movements, techniques and even a few short routines you can use. Perfect if you want to learn more about the art of massage, or a good gift to your significant other so that they can work on their own magic touch.
OM Workshop – The Art of Brewing Kombucha
12 Aug / 6:30pm – 9pm The Workshop / 37d Crummer Road, Ponsonby
Learn the art of good kombucha from the experts of OM. This workshop is designed to equip you with the wisdom and knowhow to brew your own quality kombucha in your own home. On the night you will be provided with all of the ingredients and equipment for your first brew, which you will do together with OM. You will even leave the event with your very own OM scoby, and a finished three-litre brew in your own sealable glass brewing vessel. Brewing your own kombucha is a fabulous skill to have, kombucha is a great drink for your health and tasty to boot! You will even have access to OM kombucha on tap throughout the night.
National Poetry Day: Compound Press & Minarets
25 Aug / 7PM – 9PM Object Space / 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby
National Poetry Day was established in 1997 and is a one-day national poetry spectacular, bringing together some of Aotearoa’s and the wider world’s most exciting poets. It is a time to read, listen and learn from bright minds and this event held by Compound Press and Minarets is the perfect place for all these three things. “Minarets Issue 9 features collaborative ‘exquisite corpse’ poems by 30 writers Frankenstein’d together by ringmaster Craig Foltz. Organ donors from NZ and abroad include Anna Jackson, Steph Burt, Lisa Samuels, Pam Brown, Trey Sager, Quintan Wikswo, and more.” Get along for poetry readings, books for sale and a night to celebrate poetry.
The Young Törless
27 Aug / 6:30pm Academy Cinemas / 44 Lorne Street, CBD
Goethe Institute New Zealand presents German Films At The Film Societies, with a screening of The Young Törless. A black and white film directed by Volker Schlöndorff, released in 1966, it explores the darker undercurrents humanity. Entry is by donation and is open to the public. Go along to see a film that may be something outside of your ordinary intake. (featured image)
Future’s Eve is an exciting new show coming to The Basement Theatre, a combination of projection, dance and theatre colliding to create an evocative amalgamation of lights, sounds and spectacles for the senses. “Glitching from Pygmalion to Pris, from sexbots to Siri, witness a spectacle of solidarity for the defective, the destructive, the disposable and the objectified.” Please note this show contains strobe lighting, nudity, and discussions of sex and sexual violence.
Courtney Barnett – Live Show
29 Aug / 7PM The Powerstation / 33 Mount Eden Road, Grafton
Courtney Barnett is a witty, multi-talented musician and her music has been some of the most globally popular to come out of Australia in recent years. Her heartfelt, yet deadpan songs force you into a kind of pleasant introspection as her music has a comedic way of seeing deeply into the human psyche. This month she will be touring her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, in New Zealand, another exciting mix of quirky guitar heavy music.
Julia Deans is an icon in New Zealand music, she has been in bands such as Fur Patrol and The Adults, boasting an incredible voice, she can shift easily between soaring falsettos to deep rumbling tones. This August she will be touring with her new solo album, We Light Fire, this tour Julia was inspired to make a difference so she has curated a predominantly female team. “Throughoutmy career I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”